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Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo: Revised and Enhanced Edition Sheet music – July 1, 2005
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This is a great book and probably considered a MUST HAVE for a banjo student. If you are SERIOUS about the banjo, you will probably want this. There are a ton of reviews for this product telling you how great it is, so I won't say too much about that.
Although updated, this book is still based on the songs and playing of Earl Scruggs, a PROFESSIONAL banjo player credited with developing this style of picking. There is a lot of things a beginner CAN learn from this book, but most of the SONGS, in my opinion, are N-O-T EASY songs to learn on or play. You will spend considerable time learning rolls before you are PICKING. Buy it if you MUST, but there ARE better beginner books, I feel, to help you get started, if you are a beginner. This book, to me, is aimed more towards intermediate pickers and the song tabs are most valuable to students who already know a few songs and are playing with at least a LITTLE experience. It does have the tabulature to many of Earl's hits, and therefore makes this a VALUABLE book. But again, you won't just jump in and start playing them.
I had already learned some beginner type rolls and a couple of songs when I got this book. At about the same time, I purchased Tony Trischka's book "20 Easy Banjo Solos." Tony's book also comes with a CD and he plays through the songs slowly and at speed. Many of the rolls and "runs" you learn early in Tony's book will be things you can build on.Read more ›
of 1969. My uncle got me this book and a record that you could get with the book. After a period of about two years I was playing 5 string banjo like Earl Scruggs, well almost. To make
this story short, this still is a great system to learn banjo.
Principal in his legacy is the instructional work "Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo". Written in collaboration with Dr. Burt Brent (who wanted to expose the "anatomy" of Scruggs style) and Warren Kennison, Jr. (who transcribed the songs and exercises into tablature), the book was originally published in 1968 by Peer International Corporation and revised in 2005. The Hal-Leonard edition includes an audio CD of 60 lessons presented by Earl himself.
In addition to practical lessons for playing the banjo, the book includes a treasury of autobiographical anecdotes, a recapitulation of Scruggs' career and valuable information about the instrument itself from "Getting Acquainted With Your Banjo" to "How to Build a Banjo". There are detailed instructions for maintenance and repair, as well as intricate descriptions of optional banjo hardware, such as Scruggs tuners, capos and 5th string hooks. Louise Scruggs (Earl's wife) contributes a "Brief History of the 5-String Banjo". There are lucid, well-illustrated chapters on the elements of musical structure, chords, inversions, tunings, and tablature.Read more ›
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I have used a number of books concerning the 5 string banjo, and this is my favourite. While I feel that anyone without a musical background might find it sluggish at first, the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very nice book. Has good tabs, fun background info and a cd with audio where Earl explain some techniques.Published 2 months ago by benzie gnome
Good, but probably not for the complete Novice Banjo Player, Excellant for Progressive playersPublished 2 months ago by Anthony Hewlett
Great book. Wish they would have given Bill Keith credit for his work on it.Published 2 months ago by Stephen Hatfield